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Dear Tom,

What is the difference between “partly sunny” and “partly cloudy” when supplied in weather forecasts?

Jacquie Steuer,Waukegan

Dear Jacquie,

For starters, “partly sunny” is a daytime term and also “partly cloudy” deserve to be supplied either throughout the work or in ~ night. Technically, “clear” and also “sunny” refer to a skies that is certain cloud free or spanned by no more than one tenth that clouds; “mostly sunny” refers to a sky condition when the skies is cloud-covered from 2 tenths through 5 tenths; “partly sunny” refers to cloud coverage in between six and also nine tenths; and also “cloudy” come a complete or practically complete overcast. “Partly cloudy” describes cloud coverage from 2 through 5 tenths; “mostly cloudy” is used in reference to 6 through ripe tenths cloud coverage; and also “cloudy” come a complete or practically complete overcast.


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